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America's silver-medal winning skeleton racer quoted Home Alone before her final run

Kevin Kaduk
Fourth-Place Medal
Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States pumps her fists after her third run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia

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Noelle Pikus-Pace pumps her fists after her third run on Friday. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

There are any number of motivational movie speeches that Olympians can turn to when they're in need of inspiration. There's Kurt Russell's turn as Herb Brooks in "Miracle," Mel Gibson's William Wallace in "Braveheart" and even John Belushi's "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" classic  for the biggest of Animal House-loving underdogs.

American skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace, however, may have created a first — but maybe not a last —when she quoted the immortal words of Macaulay Culkin's Kevin McCallister on Friday.

Here's what Pikus-Pace tweeted before her fourth and final run of competition:

... which, of course, is a direct quote from the scene in Home Alone when young Kevin is finally ready for his showdown against the home-invading Wet Bandits. 

The Tao of Kevin McCallister:

You have to admit that heading down an icy course headfirst at 90 mph and being a child protecting your home from two career criminals occupy the same sphere of terror.

But, hey, it's only crazy if it doesn't work and it definitely worked for Pikus-Pace. The 31-year-old mother of two finished the competition in 3 minutes, 53.86 seconds, which was good enough for a silver medal. U.S. teammate Katie Uhlaender finished fourth, an agonizing four-hundredths of a second out of bronze.  Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports has more on the story from Russia. 

Pikus-Pace's silver is the first skeleton medal for any American since three racers hit the podium at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. 

Her Home Alone reference, meanwhile, may be a first of any kind. 

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